Monthly Archive: June 2008

Jun 13 2008

Tickling A Moving Target: When Your “Yes/No/Maybe” List Changes: The Blowfish Blog

Important note: This piece — and the piece it links to — contains detailed information about my personal sex life. Family members and others who don’t want to read that, please don’t. I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about figuring out your sexual likes and dislikes… and why it’s important …

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Jun 12 2008

The Amazing Mechanical Leftie: Reflexive Thinking in Alt Culture

There’s a common trope I’ve noticed among progressive liberal types. Including, I will freely admit, myself. It goes something like this: Anything that’s alternative is good; anything that’s conventional or mainstream is bad. Tattoos and piercings are good; nose jobs and boob jobs are bad. Arthouse films are good; reality TV is bad. Nature is …

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Jun 11 2008

Site Map: An Index of my Favorite (and Most Popular) Posts

Readers of my blog will have no doubt noticed that I keep a list of my favorite blog posts in the right column of my blog, so that newcomers to my blog can easily find the old good stuff. (My blog isn’t usually topical or time-sensitive, and it seems a waste to have some of …

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Jun 11 2008

HTML Enabled!

The people have spoken! I asked your opinion, I listened to your comments… and the vote, while not unanimous, was pretty much a landslide. Most commenters in this blog (at least, most commenters who expressed an opinion) want to use HTML in comments. And almost all the people who voted against it either don't care …

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Jun 10 2008

Loading The Dice: Bisexuality And Choice

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. In the various and sundry debates about gay rights, the question of whether sexual orientation is a choice comes up with almost irritating predictability. And when it does, one of the things I’ve noticed is that bisexuality — as it so often does — gets completely …

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Jun 09 2008

Telepathy, or, Why You Need Directions to the Psychic Fair

In my ongoing attempt to be an equal- opportunity crank and occasionally critique spiritual beliefs other than The Big Ones, I want to talk today about the belief in telepathy. And I want to talk about one of the single most convincing arguments against it. It’s an argument that doesn’t get made all that often, …

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Jun 08 2008

For No Good Reason: Atheist Transcendence at the Black and White Tour

I know. Most people don’t connect Morris dancing with transcendence, atheist or otherwise. Most people who have seen Morris dancing connect it with cacophony, silly outfits, and beer. But I had a moment of atheist transcendence at the Black And White Morris Tour a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to talk about it. A …

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Jun 06 2008

Sexual Freedom In A Shopping Bag: “Sex And The City”: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s a review of the new “Sex and the City” movie… if by “review” you mean “vituperative tongue- lashing of the movie’s retrograde attitudes towards sex.” It’s called Sexual Freedom in a Shopping Bag: “Sex and the City,” and here’s the teaser: I should tell …

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Jun 05 2008

Porn Cliches, Or, On Not Seducing The Plumber

Please note: This piece discusses my personal sex life and sexual practices — not in a huge amount of detail, but it might be too much information than family members and others who don't want to read about my sex life. If you don't want to read that stuff, please don't read this piece. This …

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Jun 04 2008

Barack Obama, and the Stupidity of ABC News

Boy, do I hate TV news. I happened to watch Barack Obama’s speech last night. It was purely by accident — I was watching “Jeopardy,” and the speech broke in as breaking news — but I was extremely glad I did. My support of Obama is not unmixed, but I found myself surprisingly moved and …

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